Michaël Borremans. Photo: Alex Salinas
David Zwirner is pleased to announce The Acrobat, an exhibition of new paintings by Michaël Borremans (b. 1963), taking place at the gallery’s 525 West 19th Street location in New York. This will be the artist’s seventh solo exhibition with the gallery and his first in New York since 2011.
Many of Borremans’s new works are realized on an intimate scale that draws the viewer into them. This play with scale is further explored through their featured imagery: enigmatic scenes of groups of figures looking at what appear to be rectangular, sealed display cases. Depicted from an elevated vantage point, the characters and settings seem staged, as though they are miniature models rather than real figures. These scenes are presented alongside portraits that both honor and subvert the historical associations of the genre. In this recent body of work, Borremans continues to explore surface and artifice in his careful consideration of mise-en-scène, combining technical mastery with subject matter that defies straightforward interpretation.
Image: Michaël Borremans, The Double, 2022 (detail)
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